Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, July 14-20

Capt. Bill Walsh


Immersed in core of rainy season. Downpour every day despite forecasts. Waters tannic stain especially shallow. Tides to new moon next weekend; strengthening both ways. Winds fade; most single digit. Water temp 85-86 deep; 88-90 shallow. Snook move out of backwaters, to coastal and Pass edges, Kice Island’s Blind Pass, Caxambas Pass Channel Islands, all on pilchards post shower either tide. Redfish on scattered mangrove shallow edges evening incoming (i.e. Muddies at Marco River adjacent #R24 as sun rays fade to horizontal; with free-lined shrimp. Addison Bay, Johnson Bay deeper creek current edges for Black Drum on shrimp either tide. Mangrove snapper in the mix.


Snook on beaches, surf edges to 10' on pilchards jigged in current. First light action macks and blues; Capri barges; Walton Reef working tipped flashy jigs under chum. Shark action beneath working chum, on larger cut bait on wire to bottom.


Need early start to miss p.m. deluges. Good action deep wrecks on kings, some cobia working live runner under chum for kings. Sight cast threadfin for cobia. Deeper water 60-65'-plus for reasonable keep, catch ratio on red grouper drifting hard bottom with live pinfish.

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